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In Chapter 8, what does the Lord of the Flies tell Simon?

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Posted September 27, 2008 at 2:28 PM via web

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In Chapter 8, what does the Lord of the Flies tell Simon?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 27, 2008 at 3:48 PM (Answer #1)

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Simon's conversation with the bease is imagined and comes from within himself, which is where, of course, the beast is in everyone. As Simon imagines a conversation with the pig's head, the Lord of the Flies, it tells him, “Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! . . . You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? When the beast tells Simon he is part of him, Simon understands. This leads the beast to reveal that the reason they haven't been able to do anything is because the beast is part of them. Their characters are too flawed with evil. Nevertheless his conversation with the beast within himself foreshadows events that will occur later. For instance, at the end of the chapter, Simon imagines that he falls into the mouth of the beast as he slips into his seizure. This foreshadows the violence that will later consume him and the others as they slip into beast-like savagery.

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